The central government's flagship social welfare scheme entitles 67 percent of the population to subsidized foodgrain every month. However, the new date of launch is yet to be announced.

"We have postponed the launch of the food security scheme that was scheduled for August 20," Food and Civil Supplies Minister GS Bali said. He said it would be launched after getting more clarity about the National Food Security bill, which is awaiting debate in parliament.

"It won't be appropriate to launch the scheme in a hurry. We are waiting for the picture (on the issue) to get clear in parliament. There is no harm to wait for a few more days for its launch," he added.

The United Progressive Alliance's (UPA) food security ordinance was earlier expected to be rolled out in the state like other Congress-ruled states from August 20, the birthday of late former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

"In the meantime, the session of the state assembly is also starting (from August 21). So the launch might get delayed by a few more days," Bali said.

Without specifying the next date of its launch, he said: "We are fully prepared for its launch.”

(Agencies)

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